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Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)

Emergency medical technicians (EMTs) conduct basic, noninvasive interventions to save lives and reduce harm at emergency sites. They do everything a responder does, plus they have the skills needed to transport patients safely. In many places, EMTs provide the majority of out-of-hospital care.

EMTs are the most common type of providers in all of emergency medical services. EMTs are sometimes referred to as EMT-Basics or EMT-1s. However, do not be fooled by the term "entry-level." EMTs learn the essential skills to help in life-threatening situations and their education is the foundation for all other levels of provider.

As one EMS instructor recently put it, "You can't learn and be good at advanced skills without having a solid foundation of basic skills."

Many paramedics, doctors, nurses, and firefighters have used their EMT education and work experience as a stepping stone to their new career.

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Chris Layton